|Location||Located in the southern most part of the Eastern U.P. and is the district headquarter of Sonbhadra district, India|
|Distances||Varanasi 90 km, Mirzapur 77 km, Allahabad 170 km, Lucknow 390 km, Kanpur 376 km Renukut 68 km|
|Ideal time to visit||July-March|
|Climate||Winter Temperature 10°-17.5° Celsius, Summer 21.5°-40° Celsius, rains during June-September|
|Must Visit||Shivdwar, Mukha Fall, Rihand Dam, Renukut, Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Salkhan Fossils, Son Circuit (in the surroundings of Robertsganj)|
|Languages Spoken||Hindi, English, Bhojpuri|
|Local Transport||Cycle rickshaw or taxies|
|How to reach||
The district Sonbhadra and Robertsganj as its district headquarter was created by carving off the southern part of the earlier Mirzapur district on 4th March 1989. Son, Karmnasha, Chandra Prabha, Rihand, Kanhar, Renu, Ghagar and Belan Rivers drain this area.
Located between Vindhyan Range and Kaimur Range, this area had been the centre of activities of pre-historic man which is evident from the rock paintings (pre-historic cave art) found in abundance in this region. Ancient temples are spangled all over Vindhyan Range. Religious and Cultural evidences available here correlate this area with Ramayan and Mahabharata Era, 3rd Century to 9th Century
The area was ruled by Kantit (Kantitpur). Nag Vanshi’s Vakatak dynasty from 3rd to 9th Century. Kol king and Abho dynasty also ruled over this region.
Son Circuit- Son circuit, which starts from Shivdwar and ends at Salkhan, offers adventure trail, natural, historical, geological heritage, shrines and wildlife sanctuaries (Kaimur). But due to Naxalite problem prevailing these days in this area, it is advisable to visit all tourist attraction points during the day time (before sunset).
Culture- The region still shows tribal cultural shades. Tribal dance, Loric and Kajali singing are the main folk cultural activities. Karma, Shaila, Domkatch, Agrahi, Natua, Koldahaki, Loriki are main tribal dance forms. Overall 16 tribes are found here, Viz., Gond, Dhuria, Nayak, Ojha, Pathari, Karwar, Khairwar, Parahiya, Baiga, Pankha, Panika, Agriya, Chero, Bhurya, Bhunia, Karma.